Tax Policy and Administration

The program supports governments in collecting taxes legally due as effectively and efficiently as possible and in setting policies on what taxes to levy, in what amounts, and on whom. Many of the region’s tax administrations are introducing procedures to deliver tax compliance risk management through a framework set out in the European Commission’s Compliance Risk Management Guide for Tax Administrations as well as Fiscal Blueprints. Our work with these administrations focuses on assuring success in adopting these procedures; it largely depends on supportive policies, whose design needs to be sensitive to compliance challenges and contribute to long-term growth.

The program intends to improve management of core tax administration procedures, enhance performance management in tax administrations, and improve cooperation across borders among tax administrations. The program contributes to the main outcomes of the tax administration reform agenda of our constituency: implementation of cost-effective systems based on modern concepts of self-assessment, taxpayer segmentation, and sound organization and management. It also helps ensure function-based operations using appropriate technologies, reduced compliance costs for taxpayers, and increased integrity in the tax system.

We are committed to continue to enhance the efforts of tax officials across SEE to comprehensively deal with different aspects of modern approaches to tax compliance also by working closely with IMF Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) Tax Administration Reform Advisor for South East Europe, Steffen Normann Hansen, who is based at the CEF, and CEF Associate Fellow, Norman Gillanders. Both Mr. Hansen and Mr. Gillanders deliver the tax courses and contribute content that is strongly informed by their missions in the SEE region.

For more information on Tax Policy and Administration program please contact Maja Tomšič Pavlič, Program Facilitator.